Monday, June 4, 2012

Mail Art Monday: A Three Week Surplus

What happens when I wait three weeks, rather than two, to post about mail art? I play catch up with an enormous post!

In their postbox...

Belinda received another colourful package which included art prints, stamped sheets made with cork stamps, paper ephemera, stamps, stickers and a few prints from my first arthouse sketchbook.

Catherine recently had her first child. I rifled through my collections and found a few paper bits that had images of a mother and child. I also included a few of my art prints, stickers and some Canadian stamps.

For my next package to Sarah, I changed things up a little and sent her mail art supplies along with a letter. Several sheets of colourful stickers and a few sheets of my kozo washi paper were tucked inside a handmade envelope.

Barbara has been sending me beautiful drawings of flowers and this time I returned the favour with a poppy painted using gouache on canvas paper and a columbine with watercolour. I pressed a small flower from our yard (a buttercup, perhaps?) and found a couple of flower postage stamps. I was finally able to print some of my photographs so I tucked those in along with washi paper, watercolour circles and a bumble bee sticker.

In my postbox...

Jessica's next postcard arrived along with a new set of material for my reply. Her nifty envelope included mini scrabble letters affixed near the address. I'm nearly finished her reply and should be able to send it off this week.

Jill's delightful package arrived with a bit of the ocean tucked inside. A piece of pottery with smooth corners, a full, tiny shell and pieces of another shell were all tightly wrapped inside a small envelope with a ribbon. Postcards, stamps, stickers, paper ephemera and drawings were also included. I will have to go on a beach combing trip to find a few small bits from my side of the pond for my reply.

Sarah is featured again! Her royal-themed package arrived in a flash. Upon opening the union jack envelope, I was greeted by a personalized, engraved jubilee medal. This girl is crazy generous. The whole family is a big fan of Wallace & Gromit and, frankly I'm a fan of the royals in general, so this package was an all around hit.

Gardening seems to be at a manageable level these days. I'm going to squirrel away a few hours this week to work on mail art, a new painting and a very exciting trade. What are you up to?



  1. lovely bits of mail! i know how hard it is to play catch up with mail art! I feel like I am in a constant ebb and flow when it comes to documenting, writing and posting it on the blog. It is fun to share but it definitely takes work. then there's the whole replying part too right :P I hope you aren't feeling too overwhelmed with all of the spring/summer activities starting to kick up- I know that the year has partially melted away from me. Good for you for taking time to be with the family, garden and work out. these things are most important.... mail art can come later, and when it does we are happy to read about it / receive it :) looking forward to seeing your next mixed media postcard.

  2. Thanks, Jessica! I simply missed last week but was determined to get back on track for this week. Then I left it all for Sunday night and had to keep it all pretty brief so I could complete it on time. Somehow having children has forced me to be more organized while simultaneously feeling like a lost scatter-brain at all times.

    It has felt very good to get back to exercise and it's helped my strength and stamina while working in the garden and chasing after the kidlets. I find it also does wonders for focus once it's time to sit down and work on art, do you find that too?

    Your postcard is flattening under a heavy book right now and should be ready to travel to you very shortly. :D

  3. Thanks for the kind words Jeannine! I hoped your family would enjoy the Wallace & Gromit poster/stickers, and thought the medal would be the perfect keepsake for you, knowing your love for the royals. I really enjoyed puttings these packaged together for you and Jessica.

  4. I love reading your Mail Art Monday posts always so much beautiful paper goodness.

  5. That postcard you made for Jessica is beyond Epic and I love all the envelopes. I would love to have a collection of small envelopes made by you so I can add them to my mail art goodies bags. I also love 'The precious things from the see'.

  6. Thanks, Anna. Perhaps I could send you a few small envelopes in our next mail art exchange.


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